Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and enter at 8.00 a.m.!
Enjoy the Vatican Galleries and Sistine Chapel before the crowds enter!
- Vatican Museums
- St Peter’s Basilica
- Sistine Chapel
Early Access Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour – Small Group
3 hrs. | Start: 7.30 a.m. | Participants : Max 20
Meeting Point :To be advised at time of booking.
Your upbeat and enthusiastic guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the designated meeting spot at 7.30 a.m. You will meet thirty minutes early as your guide explains to you what you will be viewing in the Sistine Chapel. Guides are not allowed to explain in the Sistine Chapel, so with the aid of visuals, you will become familiar with what you will discover once you are inside.
Once that is out of the way, the doors to the Vatican Museums open at 8.00 a.m. and be among the first few to enter before the general public enters at 9.00 a.m. You will have your headsets on as your guide starts sharing fascinating facts and stories of the treasures inside the galleries (There are over 100 galleries!) No, you will not see them all😊 The Vatican Museum houses artworks, sculptors, maps, tapestries, mosaics, artefacts, and much more. You will visit Raphael’s Rooms and see the amazing frescos painted by his students. Those paintings are considered High Renaissance Art of its time. The Gallery of Candelabra and the Gallery of Tapestries are also on this itinerary and hold beautiful treasures within.
Sistine Chapel | St Peter’s Basilica
Next stop is the enchanting Sistine Chapel. The original name was Capella Magna – big chapel until it was renamed Sistine Chapel – from Pope Sixtus IV. The fresco ceiling is the highlight of the tour as you see Michelangelo’s magic once again. As you would have been prepared previously by your guide, it will be easy for you to navigate and see other beautiful artworks.
Through a special door only reserved for special tours, you will now enter St Peter’s Basilica. It is one of the holiest Catholic churches in the world and celebrated artists such as Michelangelo, Bramante, Maderno, Bernini and Lorenzo have left their Renaissance presence there.
Find out how Michelangelo completed the Sistine Chapel!
Important Reminder – Early Access Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour – Small Group
- This tour is not ideal for wheelchair-bound visitors as well as visitors with hearing disabilities. We are more than happy to organise private tours for wheelchair and hearing disabled visitors. Please contact us.
- Please wear comfortable shoes as there is a fair bit of walking.
- There is a dress code to the Vatican which applies to children too. Shoulders and knees must be covered.
- If St Peter’s Basilica is closed for a religious function at short notice as it is a working church, you will be spending more time in the Vatican gallery’s with your private guide.
- The Vatican Museums get rather busy during summer and after a bank holiday.
- If a disabled visitor is able to produce a certificate showing that they are more than 74% disabled, entry to the Vatican museums is free of charge. This free entry is also extended to the to their companion. If you have a disability and are not sure if you’re eligible, please contact us at the time of booking so that we may assist you further.